Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

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EV­ERY FAM­ILY HAS ITS GO-TO ONE-LIN­ERS. In mine, it was my grand­mother’s le­gendary meal­time in­struc­tion, al­ways sweetly dished out: “You’re go­ing to eat it and like it, whether you like it or not.” This re­mains one of my favourite say­ings for its clever word­play and hon­est mes­sage—Grandma Rit­ter re­ally would be of­fended if guests didn’t have at least three servings.

Part of the rea­son we cher­ish good quips is be­cause they’re so hard to find. To be worth re­peat­ing, they need to be witty, truth­ful and re­fresh­ing. Luck­ily, Cana­di­ans have a knack for quotable quotes. For our hu­mour is­sue, reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor Christina Palassio has cu­rated a col­lec­tion of 41 of the best punch­lines and wise­cracks on record. The re­sults—“Funny Peo­ple” (page 36)—con­firm this sen­ti­ment by co­me­dian John Candy: “Wher­ever you go in the world, you just have to say you’re Cana­dian and peo­ple laugh.”

In this edi­tion, we’re pleased to ex­plore some other Cana­dian tru­isms. “Wheels of For­tune” (page 48) is a heart­warm­ing en­dorse­ment of New­found­land and Labrador’s rep­u­ta­tion for warmth and gen­eros­ity. And our travel fea­ture, “Bear Watch” (page 70), of­fers up a fa­mous zinger that may prove help­ful if you’re tour­ing a griz­zly sanc­tu­ary.

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